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Ptolemaic Papyri and the Achaean Diaspora In Hellenistic Egypt

Jean Bingen

in Hellenistic Egypt

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748615780
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615780.003.0008
Ptolemaic Papyri and the Achaean Diaspora In Hellenistic Egypt

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A second group of immigrants from a specific Greek region (cf. chapter 6) was those from Achaea, the area of the northern Peloponnese. This chapter investigates whether one can find any traits distinctive to this group, as part of a larger interest in whether Greek regional groups who settled in Egypt as immigrants retained cultural particularisms. The evidence is far less helpful than with the Thracians; the Achaeans do not show a distinctive repertory of personal names, for example. The lack of obviously distinctive traits underlines the ease of integration and standardisation in the Ptolemaic society of military settlers.

Keywords: Achaea; Peloponnese; immigrants; cleruchs; homogenization

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Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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